Hurricane Ivan has left the small country of Grenada utterly ruined. Nearly two-thirds of their population is now homeless, and the country is not equipped to provide shelter, fresh water, and basic supplies to that many people all at once. Hospitals are overflowing and are having to turn away all but the most seriously-injured people. American tourists are temporarily stranded with the country's sole passenger airport out of commission. This is an edited excerpt from a longer article at VOA News: There is some good news to report: disaster relief efforts have already begun. The Red Cross has begun to mobilize already; neighboring Antigua and Trinidad have volunteered their small armies to help carry food and medicine to places where the roads and bridges have been destroyed. Here's what you can do to help: In the US, e-mail (or better yet, call) your Senators and your House Representative and ask that they support immediate humanitarian aid to Grenada -- this is something that can't wait until after the election! You can find e-mail addresses for your senators by visiting www.senate.gov and selecting your state in the drop-down link. You can find contact information for your House representative by visiting www.house.gov and entering your zip code in the space at the top of the page. Outside the US, please contact your national representatives. Donate to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. They have an 800 number: 1-800-HELP-NOW -- and specify that you want this money to go to hurricane relief in Grenada. (If you want to help out with Florida, too, that's great -- but if you pay taxes, you're already helping out down there thanks to FEMA! Check with your employer before donating: some companies have non-profit matching programs where they'll match a portion of your donation, allowing your donation to go even further.